A Ouija board (generally pronounced /?wi?d?i/, though correctly[clarification needed] /?wi?d??/), also known as spirit board or talking board) is a flat board marked with letters, numbers, and other symbols, theoretically used to communicate with spirits. It uses a planchette (small heart-shaped piece of wood) or movable indicator to indicate the spirit's message by spelling it out on the board during a séance. The fingers of the séance participants are placed on the planchette, which then moves about the board to spell out messages. Ouija is a trademark for a talking board currently sold by Parker Brothers. While the word is not considered a genericized trademark, it has become a trademark that is often used generically to refer to any talking board.
Other iterations of the board exist in Asia. The Japanese version is known as "Kokkuri san," eponymous of the entity who is said to communicate with the user. (The horror film Kokkuri-san is based on this.) These are all home-made, with words written on paper in local languages. The planchette is replaced by other items, most commonly a pen, a dish (Chinese condiment saucer) or a coin. It is often played by inquisitive teenagers. Sinister consequences of using such 'Angel' boards appear in episodes of the television anime series XXXholic, Great Teacher Onizuka, and Ghost Hunt.
Various horror movies have been made about the consequences of playing with these incarnations of the board, most notably by the Hong Kong and South Korea movie industry. One of the more well-known movies to date is the 2004 South Korean film Bunshinsaba.